Monday, July 17, 2023

Vistara to respond to CCI queries by month end, says CEO Vinod Kannan

Vistara CEO Vinod Kannan on Monday said the airline will submit its response to the Competition Commission's queries on the proposed merger with Air India by the end of this month and expressed confidence of receiving all regulatory approvals by early next year. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has sought more details on the merger of Vistara with Air India, a deal that was announced in November last year.

"There are certain questions that have been asked. We are going to give our response to the CCI by the end of this month. Then, the CCI will decide whether it needs to go to phase two or needs further clarification," Kannan said here.

As per CCI norms, in case there are anti-competitive concerns, it can go for a detailed scrutiny which is generally called phase two of the approval process.

Kannan said Vistara is expecting to have all regulatory approvals in place by early next fiscal. "The merger with Air India is on track".

The airline has applied for approval for the merger to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

"We hope to get some response and approval by the end of the year... Our hope and expectation is that the approvals will come by March/ April next year. The closure of AOC (Air Operator's Certificate) will come last," Kannan said.

Post merger, Vistara brand will cease to exist.

17/07/2023 PTI/Economic Times

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